Misbah unsure about retirement plans

2016-12-01 14:18
Misbah-ul-Haq (AFP)

Cape Town - Announcing last year that the upcoming Australia tour could be his last, Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has still yet to confirm his retirement plans.

Misbah revealed that he will retire on his own terms, not with the Pakistan Cricket Board, and will assess and see if he can still be useful to the team.

After making his intentions known that he might retire in April last year, Pakistan have played against England, West Indies and New Zealand, with the 42-year-old only missing out on the Kiwi tour.

Misbah told ESPNCricinfo, "I am at a certain stage of my career where I only think what I can give back to my team."

"I am thinking (about retiring) but haven't reached any conclusion, but my whole thought process is all about the team - if they can move on without me or not.

"I do believe these boys have the capability to take responsibility and can deliver. So I am actually thinking if it's a good to leave at this stage."

The veteran, though, doesn’t want to make a big thing about his retirement, saying that he doesn’t even need a farewell.

"But this is a decision I want to take on my own and I don't think I need to pre-announce it," he added.

"I don't think that it is necessary for me to mark any series my last but I can take it any time without even having a farewell. 

"I don't have to make my retirement plan a big issue by beating drums all over."

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